The Ceremony, a film about love and friendship, depicts cross-border relationships where dominance and submission are central. We meet the fascinating and unusual writer Catherine Robbe-Grillet and those closest to her. Intimate material reveals participants sharing views on art, norms, identity, ageing, loneliness, friendship and love. The spectator is invited into a fascinating, evocative and private world depicting staged, stylized sadomasochist ceremonies based on Catherine’s
Catherine Robbe-Grillet, a sharp intellectual born in 1930, published her first book (L’image) in 1956. It was banned and publicly burned in Paris. After more than 50 years of exploring eroticism and the world of sadomasochism, Robbe-Grillet is today widely
considered France’s most famous dominatrix.
“The Ceremony” takes us far beyond the prejudiced, simplistic and cliché-ridden perceptions of sadomasochism. S/M may be a central theme of the film, but not merely as an exotic phenomenon. The issues raised here take us far beyond sexual orientation.
“The Ceremony” delves into what motivates our decisions, not only those concerning desire and sexuality, but our behavior in general. Sadomasochist practices and codes serve simply as a magnifying glass through which we examine the driving forces that
make us who we are.
Lina Mannheimer (Director) – Biography
After obtaining a degree in Film and Art History from Universidad de Nebrija, Madrid, Lina Mannheimer embarked on the Master’s and Science program at Stockholm School of Economics. She also has a Master’s Degree from the Gothenburg Film School.
Following internships in New York and London (Salty Features and The Weinstein Company), she met French director Gilles Bourdos (Afterwards, Renoir) and worked as his assistant for a year. In 2009, Mannheimer began working on The Ceremony, a documentary film featuring French author Catherine Robbe-Grillet and her Inner Circle. The Contract, her
debut film, constituted the first par of The Ceremony.
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